What’s spookier than zombies, ghosts, and werewolves on Halloween? When you throw your pumpkins away and they end up in a landfill, and they do nothing but contribute to our collective methane problem. So instead, this year use some of these eco-friendly ways to recycle and reuse your pumpkins!

1. Compost it! Pumpkins are very nitrogen-rich, which is exactly what's needed in compost. Cut it up into pieces to help it break down easier. If you don't have a compost, do a little investigating to find community composts that will gladly take your pumpkin donation. 

2. Turn it into a "Snack-o-Lantern" for wildlife. Cut up into smaller pieces and leave outside to feed deer, squirrels and other wildlife. 

3. Create a pumpkin bird feeder. Cut in half to be a bowl, tie strings through the sides to hang, and add bird seed to the bowl. Voila! A bird feeder I promise all the birds will love.

4. Use it to plant flowers. Cut pumpkin in half to create bowl, fill with potting soil, plant your favorite plants that will be displayed in a festive fall plant holder. 

5. Plant the pumpkin seeds! The squash bee is one of many insects to pollinate pumpkin flowers. And if you plant the seeds soon, you will be able to harvest your own pumpkins for next year!

So #GoWilde and recycle your pumpkin! Hope everyone had a happy Halloween!

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